Friday, March 5, 2010

Heart's Awakening by Delia Parr - REVIEWED

“Every wrong should be made right, and no right should be forgotten.” (Gram, page 97)

Oh, my!! Oh, my! Oh, my!! I love, love, love it when a book sweeps me away and carries me into the heart of a thoughtful, realistic, heart-struggling faith and then tenderly shows me the Father’s hand in the midst of the trial. Heart’s Awakening is a precious, tender historical romance that reveals the true meaning of forgiveness and grace, and I am so very, very happy to share it with you!

Ellie Kilmer is a character your heart aches for the moment you meet her as she is struggling through the woods. When you learn of her true circumstances, you just want to hug the poor woman to your heart and take care of her. Well, then you add a handsome, wounded man with two precocious children to the picture, throw in a dash of scandal, a pinch of gossip and finish with a sprinkle of a long-ago first love you have the recipe for an unforgettable historical romance that will leave you full and satisfied! You’ll have to pardon all the talk of recipes, and you’ll have to read the story to discover a very unusual challenge Ellie faces in her kitchen, and most of all, you just have to have to read this book! You will love it!!

I think what spoke to me most clearly and honestly was Ellie’s faith. Her unwavering ability to go to the Father even when her feelings were crushed, her determination to cling to Him when her faith felt incredibly fragile, and the utter completeness and calmness with which she spoke directly to the heart of whatever emotional challenge faced her within very unusual and uncertain circumstances was powerful! She quickly became a hero of the faith in my eyes, because she understood and offered forgiveness and unconditional affection even when she didn’t have to. While this might sound a bit over-the-top, believe me when I tell you it isn’t. Ellie’s character is very real and very memorable, and you will be so glad you met her!!

Oh and don’t forget those two precious boys, Ethan and Daniel! And then Gram is such a godly soul too! There are just some exceptional characters to love in this story, and love them you will. Heart’s Awakening has the power to awaken faith, and I highly recommend this story!!

Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.


Mocha with Linda said...

I was wondering - did you like this book?! :-)

Loved your review!

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